a novel by
Joan Marie Verba, Tess Meara, Deborah K. Jones, Margaret Howes, and Ruth Berman
Something has fallen from the sky. Could it be the Sky Dwellers, as the Old Religion foretold? If so, bloodletting is at hand: the Veen, the New Religion, will destroy anyone and anything that threatens their hold on the Capital.
Something has fallen from the sky. Could it be sentients from another world? The Knowledge Brokers have recovered lost technology and used it to send signals, but it could be a Veen trap.
Something has fallen from the sky. Does it matter what it is? The local Veen prelate wants it and everyone who's seen it destroyed—except that Knowledge Broker Thiele and her beautiful, beautiful feet.
Their ship has fallen from the sky. Was it sabotage? The lone human survivor faces an alien world, combating religions, rival philosophies, telepathy between twins, a lost alien race, and an impossible connection with a soldier terribly, horribly orphaned by being a single.
The novel is well-crafted and a very good read with lots sf world-building detail which takes place on a heavier-than-earth-gravity planet with some really neat aliens. It is a lot better than 90% of the stuff that you can find on a rack at...the big chain bookstores. Midwest Book Review (Phil Kaveny)
This is a complex and fascinating science fiction story with a well-developed but very alien world. ... Some of the aliens are extremely alien compared to humans, though they usually have understandable motivations. The book would appeal to young readers as well as adult readers. Mythprint (Laura Krentz)